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Join 120 other writers for this immersive, two-day conference and networking event in Nashville, Tennessee! Learn and laugh, and take the next step to becoming a career author.



Are you stuck? Unsure of how to take your writing and marketing to the next level? Have you dreamed of being coming a career author but just don't know how to get there? Are you ready to show your family and loved ones what it means to live a life of passion?

Zach Bohannon and J. Thorn have been there since the beginning, writing and independently publishing since 2014 and 2009 respectively. They've sold well over a quarter of a million books combined, including millions of page of their best-selling fiction titles published as Molten Universe Media. They've been podcasting for years, sharing their successes and mistakes. They want to help you reach your goals, together, at this special event.

Join J. and Zach along with featured book industry expert Jim Kukral, and more, for two full days of sessions run by the best in the industry. J. brings over 25 years of teaching experience to the table while Jim and Zach have helped hundreds of people over the years doing client work. Not only are they career authors, but they're outstanding teachers who want to show you how to kick start your career.





"Thank you so much for putting on the single most influential event of my writing career! This weekend has been an unqualified success, and I have already begun sorting through the information and strategies put forward. I got something from every speaker or panel (usually multiple items). Words simply don't do justice to the value provided by your great show, and I can't wait for Nashville."

T. Allen

"My expectations were really high and you blew it out of the water. I'd come back in a heartbeat. If you want to sell books, this is where you want to be."

Angie Green

"Amazing! It's unique because it's all about marketing. I learned a lot! All around it's been just a great event."

Albie Dunmar

"Really enjoyed it. I'm not self published but I still found it really relevant. Great information for starting new series. Very helpful in terms of my newsletter and reaching my fans. A lot of stuff I haven't thought of!"

Julie Plotko

"Loved every part of it. I knew I'd learn something but I didn't think I'd learn as much as I did. Way more than I know what to do with right now."

Carolyn Arson


Dave Chesson is the creator of Kindlepreneur.com, a website devoted to teaching advanced book Marketing which even Amazon KDP acknowledge as one of the best by telling users to “Gain insight from Kindlepreneur on how you can optimize marketing for your books.” Having worked with such authors as Orson Scott Card, Ted Dekker and more, his tactics help both Fiction and Nonfiction authors of all levels get their books discovered by the right readers. 

Dave Chesson

Rachael Herron is the bestselling author of the literary novels Pack Up the Moon (named a 2016 Editor's Pick by Library Journal), Splinters of Light and Pack Up the Moon (all from Penguin), the Darling Bay and Cypress Hollow series, and the memoir, A Life in Stitches (Chronicle). 

Rachael Herron

Joanna Penn is a bestselling author, international speaker and award-winning entrepreneur based in Bath, England. Her site, TheCreativePenn.com helps authors with creativity, writing, publishing, book marketing and creative entrepreneurship. It has been voted one of the top 100 sites for authors by Writers Digest. Joanna has a popular podcast, The Creative Penn, and a YouTube Channel.

Joanna Penn

A two-time USA Today bestselling author, Bryan Cohen loves keeping up with the publishing world through The Sell More Books Show. As the CEO of Best Page Forward, Bryan and his team have written over 2,000 book descriptions. Bryan's books have sold over 100,000 copies. 

Bryan Cohen

Jim Kukral is recognized as an expert in online marketing and branding. He delivers insightful and entertaining keynotes to growth-oriented organizations on attention-getting marketing, creative branding and understanding how customers think, react and most importantly, buy. Jim is a ten-time author of books on marketing, entrepreneurship, motivation and publishing. 

Jim Kukral

Lindsay is a full-time independent fantasy author who loves travel, hiking, tennis, and vizslas. She grew up in the Seattle area but moved to Arizona when she realized she was solar-powered.

Lindsay Buroker

A self-confessed book nerd, Mark is the former Director of Self-Publishing and Author Relations for Rakuten Kobo, a previous President of the Canadian Booksellers Association and is currently Director of Business Development at Draft2Digital. He started hybrid publishing in 2004. 

Mark Lefebvre

Zach Bohannon writes post-apocalyptic science fiction, horror, and fantasy. He is the author of the bestselling zombie series, Empty Bodies, as well as the bestselling post-apocalyptic horror series, Final Awakening. He's the co-owner of Molten Universe Media. 

Zach Bohannon

J. Thorn has published two million words and has sold more than 185,000 books worldwide. In March of 2014 Thorn held the #5 position in Horror alongside his childhood idols Dean Koontz and Stephen King (at #4 and #2 respectively). He is an official member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, the Horror Writers Association, and the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers. 

J. Thorn

Tim Grahl is the author of "Running Down a Dream" and "Your First 1000 Copies". For over a decade he has worked with top authors and creatives including Daniel H. Pink, Barbara Corcoran, Hugh MacLeod, Hugh Howey, Chip and Dan Heath, and many more. He has run the campaigns to launch dozens of bestselling books and built and sold two companies.

Through that time he also had a marriage that teetered towards divorce, suffered from anxiety attacks and a personality disorder, and had the IRS subpoena him. Tim hopes his story will inspire and help people during the pursuit of their dreams. 

Tim Grahl

Honorée Corder is the author of dozens of books including You Must Write a Book, The Prosperous Writer book series, Like a Boss book series, Vision to Reality, Business Dating, The Successful Single Mombook series, If Divorce is a Game, These are the Rules, and The Divorced Phoenix, and Stop Trying So F*cking Hard(and many more). Additionally, she is co-creator of The Miracle Morningbook series with Hal Elrod. Honorée passionately coaches business professionals, writers, and aspiring non-fiction authors who want to publish their books to bestseller status, create a platform, and develop multiple streams of income in her You Must Write a Book LIVE Coaching Course, and runs the Empire Builders Mastermind. She does all sorts of other magical things, and her badassery is legendary. You can find out more at

Honorée Corder



May 16-17, 2020

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Saturday

9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Sunday


DoubleTree by Hilton

315 4th Ave. N

Nashville, TN 37219


About Nashville by National Geographic Traveler

"A place nicknamed ‘Music City’ has a reputation to uphold, and Nashville certainly hits the right notes. Up and down Broadway, country music ebbs and flows from open-fronted venues like a rhinestone tide. But there’s considerably more to this city than just neon-powered honky-tonks and heartbroken harmonies. Nashville’s evolving into a thriving hub for young creatives, squeezed out of cities like New York by astronomical rents. They’re contributing to a restaurant scene that saw over 100 new openings last year, a lively farmers’ market, a flourishing rooftop cocktail culture and a boutique hotel boom. It sounds like Nashville is changing its tune — or at least adding a few new riffs."


About J. Thorn

I’m a Top 100 Most Popular Author in Horror, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure and Fantasy (Amazon Author Rank). Also, I’ve published two million words and sold more than 185,000 books worldwide. I’m thrilled to work with you and help you succeed.

About Zach Bohannon

I’m a Top 100 Most Popular Author in Horror and Science Fiction. In addition, I’m the author of the bestselling zombie series, Empty Bodies, as well as the bestselling post-apocalyptic horror series, Final Awakening with over a million page reads and counting. I can’t wait to help you build your author platform.

About Jim Kukral

Jim Kukral is recognized as an expert in online marketing and branding. He delivers insightful and entertaining keynotes to growth-oriented organizations on attention-getting marketing, creative branding and understanding how customers think, react and most importantly, buy.




So, what makes you different from the other conferences?

  • Camo. Lots of camo. In all seriousness, thank you for considering our event as we know you have many options when it comes to advancing your author career.
  • TCAS is for self-published or hybrid authors who are interested in becoming career authors. Whethe you're earning $100 a month or $5000 a month, we want to help you gain financial freedom and security turning your passion into a career. If you love telling stories to inform or entertain, we're going to have speakers and content designed to help get you there.
  • We've intentionally kept this event intimate so that you'll have incredible opportunities to network with us, the speakers, and each other. At the TCAS, you won't get lost in the crowd because there won't be one.

What does the ticket price include?

  • Admission to the two-day event and the live podcasts on Friday night.
  • Dinner and socializing on Saturday night.
  • Exclusive presentations and deals from our industry's most dynamic companies.
  • Access to the exclusive and private Slack channel, including video replays of all presentations.

What does my ticket price not include?

  • Travel, meals, lodging, etc.
  • Drinks at the live podcast night, drinks at Saturday night's dinner.
  • Personalized beard grooming clinic by Zach.

Where should I stay?

  • The DoubleTree has a designated block of rooms for our event. The hotel is in downtown Nashville and is where we're holding the Summit so it's probably your best choice.
  • But, you can stay anywhere you want and so you might want to search AirBnB for other cool and unique options.

What's your refund and cancellation policy?

  • While we can't offer refunds for the event, you may transfer your tickets to someone else.
  • Please contact us if you have any questions about making the transfer.

Can I be a volunteer for the Summit?

  • Yes. Yes, you can. We'll set this up closer to the event, but keep an eye on Slack with more information on how you can volunteer. We appreciate it.

What's the food situation?

  • We will provide some snacks, water, and coffee, but we recommend bringing the food you like the most to the venue if you have dietary restrictions.
  • Nashville has a hopping foodie scene with everything from sushi to barbecue. Make sure you ask Zach for some recommendations if you don't know where to go.

What do you recommend for parking?

  • The venue provides a valet service, but there are dozens of lots and garages within walking distance offering more affordable, all-day parking.

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